Accelerometer sample

Shows how to use the Accelerometer class, and allows the user to view the acceleration forces along the X-, Y-, and Z-axes for a 3-axis accelerometer.

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The sample asks you to choose an accelerometer.

  • The standard accelerometer reports total acceleration.
  • The linear accelerometer reports acceleration due to motion.
  • The gravity accelerometer reports acceleration due to gravity.

After choosing your accelerometer, you can choose one of these scenarios:

  • Accelerometer data events
  • Accelerometer shake events
  • Poll accelerometer readings
  • Accelerometer orientation changed
  • Accelerometer data events batching

Accelerometer Data Events

When you choose the Enable button for the Data Events option, the app begins streaming accelerometer readings in real time.

Accelerometer Shake Events

When you choose the Enable button for the Shake Events option, the app displays the cumulative number of shake events each time an event occurs. (The app first increments the event count and then renders the most recent value.)

Note that support for the Shaken event is dependent upon hardware and driver support. In practice, very few accelerometers support the Shaken event.

Poll Accelerometer Readings

When you choose the Enable button for the Polling option, the app will retrieve the sensor readings at a fixed interval.

Accelerometer Orientation Changed

When you choose the Enable button for the OrientationChange option, the app will display both raw sensor readings, as well as sensor readings that align with the current display orientation.

Accelerometer data events batching

When you choose the Enable button for the Data Events option, the app begins streaming accelerometer readings. The readings may be delivered in batches if the device supports data batching.



Accelerometer.GetCurrentReading method

Accelerometer.ReadingChanged event handler

Quickstart: Responding to user movement with the accelerometer

Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace

System requirements

  • Windows 10 build 14393

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